Luxury Home Buying 101

When it comes to investing in a luxury home, many high-end properties are not listed on MLS or search engines. So how do you find the luxury home of your dreams? Hiring a qualified real estate agent who knows the market for luxury homes is the besSMapartment-design-inside-4703t person to talk to. In some cases, the agent may have inside information about a listing before it hits the open market.

When looking to buy a home, it is important to know the loan process for luxury homes typically take longer than a smaller mortgage. For a guidance on moving forward in the home buying process, the best person to speak with is a mortgage lender about what loan would be best for you, your purchase range, and much more. Many real estate agents recommend having your financing approval early on in the home buying purchase.

Be clear on what you are looking for and do your due diligence. Just like with other properties, it is important to take time to properly inspect the luxury home prior to purchase. This can take a little more time as specialized home inspectors may be required.

Are you interested in a luxury home? Give me a call today 801-774-1687 to further discuss what you are looking for.

The Role of a Real Estate Agent

CardWhen it comes to being a real estate agent there is a lot of time and energy that goes into being successful. The role of an agent is to serve others. Sometimes when people call looking for an agent, it can be under stressful circumstances such as a death in the family, job promotion or divorce. It is important for an agent to understand and relate to their clients and how they can best serve them.

Communication is key. You need to be able to build trust with your clients, know your product and your strategy. When it comes to being a great agent, you need to be responsive and available 7 days a week. Agents often work nights and weekends showing homes, setting up open houses, and marketing properties.

An agent’s job is to know the markets they work in and be able to answer all the client’s questions and concerns about school districts, zoning, expansion and so much more.

Although the role of agent can be demanding, there is a lot of reward to helping someone sell or find the perfect home for them.

Share your thoughts. What do you look for in an agent? How did having an agent benefit you?

Bicycling Utah

smBikeSpring is right around the corner, and for me, that means spending more time outside taking in the beauty Utah has to offer. One of my favorite pastimes is taking my bicycle out and exploring some of the trails across the state. When getting into the sport of bicycling, decide what your primary riding style is so you can choose the best bike.

There are some great trails around that are perfect for biking. One of my favorite areas to ride around is Antelope Island, with 20 miles of trails open across the island, there are many areas to explore.

Utah offers a lot of biking events across the state for people who are interested in meeting up with others who share the same passion as them.

Looking to support a great cause? Logan, along with Harmons, is having their annual MS fundraising cycling event in June 2014. For more information about registering to participate in this event, check out the National MS Society website.

What are some of you favorite summer activities in Utah?

Kitchen Organization

smallJarsDo you ever open your kitchen pantry and fill overwhelmed with the clutter? Is everything just cramped in your cupboards, looking for a spot of its own? Try these awesome tips for getting your kitchen organized and refreshed. The best place to start when you are organizing is to first empty out the space and throwing out or giving away the unwanted items.

Getting everything organized in the kitchen can be a lot of work, but it will be worth it in the end. Just think how great your kitchen will look ~ perhaps you will be motivated to organize other rooms in your home.

Please share your tips and tricks with us…we love hearing from you.

Prepare Your Home for Autumn

fall-timeCan you believe autumn is only a few months away and you know what that means, cooler weather and the leaves changing colors. It is a beautiful time of year, but not if your home isn’t prepared.

Avoid any unexpected problems this year by making sure you stay on top of these:

1. Attend to the gutters. Before the rains start falling, get your gutters cleaned of any clutter that could clog your drains and cause damage to your home.

2. Love your roof. Do you have any leaks? Now is the time to make any repairs to your roof.

3. Furnace care. Have a professional come and inspect your system. While you are making sure your heating system works correctly, now is the time make sure you replace all your filters.

4. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets. Shut off water valves and drain the lines to protect your pipes from freezing and exploding.

5. Air quality. Humidifiers are a great addition to the home, especially during the winter months, to keep your skin from drying out, but have you checked your smoke and CO detectors? Change out those batteries to ensure everything is working properly.

What are some things you do to make sure your home is ready for autumn? What are some of your favorite things about the fall months? Share your stories with us.